WHICH ONE ARE YOU? – – Part Two


Hebrews 9:27-28 – “And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment, 28 so Christ also, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, shall appear a second time for salvation without reference to sin, to those who eagerly await Him.”  NASB

We have addressed being Unconcerned About Death, Life, and Eternity now let’s move on to a second classification being Uncertain about Death, Life, and Eternity.  In Mark 10:17 we read, “And as He was setting out on a journey, a man ran up to Him and knelt before Him, and began asking Him, “Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”   Sadly, far too many, and one would be too many, do not know the way to Eternal Life.

There are those who Hope but are not Sure.  1 John 2:3 declares, “And by this, we know that we have come to know Him if we keep His commandments.”  To the Uncertain I say, you can know about your eternity, God’s plan includes you.  It is a matter of Trust.  It is a matter of faith or believing what He has said and promised in His word.  I believe that we can Know that we are Saved and have the confidence of the writers of the New Testament and the Early Church.

Someone asked Martin Luther, “Do you feel that you have been forgiven?”  He said, “No, but I am sure there is a God in heaven.”  He said, “Feelings come, and feelings go, and feelings are frequently deceiving.  My warrant is the Word of God, naught else is worth believing.  Though all my heart should feel condemned for want of some sweet token, there is One greater than my heart Whose Word cannot be broken.  I’ll Trust in God’s unchanging Word till soul and body sever; for though all things shall pass away His Word shall stand forever!”   Hallelujah! 

Years ago, in a revival meeting, a penitent woman came forward seeking salvation. The evangelist quoted to her the assurance of Isaiah 53:6 and let her simply take God at His Word and instructed her to depend on Jesus for her salvation.  She went home rejoicing, but the next morning came downstairs with tears in her eyes.  Her son asked, “Mother what is troubling you?”  She said, “Last night I felt so saved, but not now, it all seems like a dream, I am afraid that I have been deceived.”  Her son said, “But mother, get your Bible and read Isaiah 53:6 again.”  She did, and read, “The LORD laid on Him the iniquity of us all.”  Her son asked, “Is that verse still there?”  She said, “Yes, it is.”  He reminded her, “Then, according to God, your sins were laid on Jesus and you no longer have them.”  She saw the reality of that truth and set her heart to Trusting God not Feelings.

Another story that I will share is about a boy of about ten years of age being examined for membership in his church.  He told of his sense of guilt and was asked, “What did you do when you felt yourself a sinner?”  His eyes brightened and he said, “I went to Jesus and told Him how sinful I was and how sorry I was and asked Him to forgive me.”  One of his questioners asked, “And do you hope that Jesus heard you and forgave you?”  He said, “I don’t hope that He did I know that He did.”  

The oldest member of the panel peered over his glasses and said, “You to say that you KNOW that Jesus forgave you of your sins.”  The boy said, “Yes sir, I know.”  The man attempting to correct him said, “Don’t you mean you hope He has.”  The boy said, “No Sir!  I don’t hope He has, I KNOW He has!”  The man asked, “And just how do you Know?”  Every eye was on the lad and not a person spoke a word.  He looked at them with tears in his eyes and said, “I Know He has because He said He would!”  We need to Trust and Obey!

The Word of God gives instruction as to How to be Saved.  The Holy Spirit convicts of Sin and points to the Savior.  The Blood of Jesus is a cleansing agent as well as the full payment for our iniquity and sin.  And the clincher is, He Said He Would!

1 Corinthians 15:54 reminds us that “…death is swallowed up in victory…”  There may not be a tomorrow for me or you on this earth.  Today may be all we have in the flesh.  But, I have more than tomorrow on earth, I have the assurance in my soul and a Savior to which I can turn and hold.  My Anchor Holds because my anchor is Jesus!  Heaven awaits those who believe and have received His Pardon.

We can be Unconcerned in the sense that we do not fear death, or we can be unconcerned because we do not know the truth.  We can remove the Uncertainty thorough the Word and Promises of God.  Jesus said, “You shall know the Truth and the Truth will make you free!”  

May the blessings of the LORD be yours on this beautiful day!